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Men's Basketball Defeats South Dakota State, 75-58

Nov. 21, 2009

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Junior Joe Trapani scored a game-high 21 points and classmate Biko Paris totaled 16 points to lead Boston College to a 75-58 win over South Dakota State in the Eagles' second game in the Paradise Jam.

Juniors Corey Raji and Josh Southern each added 12 points for the Eagles. Sophomore Reggie Jackson posted eight points, six rebounds and five rebounds.

Head coach Al Skinner was pleased with his team's balanced attack.

"This team is really going to about balanced scoring. Yes, there are going to be some people that are going to be ahead of that, but the fact of the matter is because we move the ball, because we spread it around, there are going to be enough opportunities so that no one (opponent) can just concentrate and think they can just take him (any one player) out of the game and that they can win," the coach said. "Tonight we had some good ball movement. We got open looks, good shots at the basket. When we start getting 4-5 guys in double figures that's when you know we've played a good ballgame."

BC (3-1) scored the game's first six points and extended its lead to 17-4 just more than six minutes into the contest. All five starters - including Jackson starting in place of Rakim Sanders - scored in this opening stretch. Trapani, who hit consecutive three-pointers, and Raji, who tallied the game's first four points, led the way.

The Eagles led by as many as 15 points - 30-15 with 6:29 to play - in the first half. South Dakota State trimmed the margin to nine points - 37-28 -at the intermission. Raji led BC with 10 points and six rebounds in the first 20 minutes.

The Jackrabbits (2-2) closed the margin to six points three times in the first four minutes of the second half, but BC never allowed South Dakota State any closer. The Eagles doubled the margin from six points to 12 points on consecutive Trapani treys, the latter bringing the score to 52-40 with 14:37 to play.

The lead was never again reduced to single digits. BC's final lead also marked its greatest margin of the night.

Game Notes: BC shot 53.7 percent from the field - 51.7 percent in the first half and 56.0 percent in the second half ... BC had a 38-28 rebounding margin ... BC was credited with 18 assists on 29 field goals ... BC shot 55.0 percent (11-for-20) from three-point range.

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